Sparkle! Sparkle! Sparkle!
Little girls love sparkle. And every mom and dad out there knows that when the little neighborhood darlings converge on your living room floor, you'll be vacuuming up glitter for days. It comes with the territory, just like being a display mannequin for Barbie stickers and nail polish.
Although I am fascinated by the psyche all beauty pageants, nothing disgusts or infuriates me more than pageants for children. To deny any little girl the rhinestone tiara is cruel, but to tell her she only gets the tiara if she's cute or pretty or talented is monstrous.
Because if she loses, then you no longer have the option of giving her the junk store tiara. The junk store tiara is just junk. It's not like the tiara the girl with the curlier hair and frillier dress got at the pageant. The pageant tiara, which is borne of things false and sad, essentially usurps the real magic of the junk store tiara.
If the God People don't have a sin label for that one, they ought to.
Now then, is it any surprise that I am glued to the television whenever TLC's "Toddler's and Tiaras" airs?
That is the only embeddable clip I could find, although it's surely not the most representative. Here are a few more links that demonstrate why I watch "Toddlers and Tiaras" with such fascination:
"Marleigh's Mom" is still fascinated by tiaras. Bet she doesn't believe there's magic in the junk store ones.
Fake teeth and spray tans and wigs. Oh my! Does that woman have any idea what she's doing to a self-esteem that hasn't even sprouted yet?
Conversely, I found this clip sort of sweet and sad. As with all these parents, it's obvious to me that the "Super Dad of Pageants" is doing this for himself and not for his daughter. That said, his love for his kids really shows through.
But I'm still rooting for these little girls; and hoping they'll find the right teacher or book or coach to show them the other side of the leaf. And if thy don't, maybe they'll end up on Bridezilla.
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